September 27, 2023

Farming Challenges of Great Lakes Cleanup

Efforts to improve the Great Lakes cleanup will involve upstream cooperation of farms and rural industry. This graphic from the University of Wisconsin shows what’s involved

Great Lakes Cleanup

From the University of Wisconsin. Source: New infographic depicts challenges of cleaning up lakes

Goals of the Project

The Water Sustainability and Climate project was an investigation of the social and environmental changes that affect freshwater resources in the Yahara Watershed. More specifically, the research team was interested in how freshwater and the many related natural benefits people depend on—such as food production, flood control, lake water clarity, and recreation—will be impacted as our cities and towns, farmland, natural areas, climate, policies, and behaviors change over the next 60 years. Understanding these interactions can bring to light opportunities and challenges to the resilience of the region’s communities and ecosystems.

  • In case anyone wants to compare our current winter with the Michigan Winter of 2014 we found this video from PBS and NOAA will remind you….the best is yet to come. Remember What Real Winter Weather Was in 2014?
  • Viking expects to have one of their newest ships set sail on the Great Lakes — the Viking Octantis. The ship is 665 feet long with beam of 77 feet wide and a guest capacity of 378. As is the trend in today’s cruising, the Octantis will offer a variety of different rooms and suites, as well comfortable amenities and a nod to environmental sustainability. Viking Cruise Lines to Cruise the Great Lakes in 2022
  • The Detroit Zoological Society announced that the Detroit Zoo will be powered by 100% Michigan-made renewable energy through DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program. DTE will source the renewable energy from three new wind parks that will come online in late 2020. Detroit Zoo to Get 100% Michigan Renewable Energy
  • Since 2008 Michigan has been the developmental area for highly dense wind energy projects. Surrounded by Great Lakes wind, and fueled by a renewable target mandate, the state has been a target for wind energy development particularly in the Thumb region along Saginaw Bay, the shoreline of Lake Huron and in pockets of specific areas near Lake Michigan. Change the Approach for Renewable Projects

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Mike Hardy is the owner of Thumbwind Publications LLC. It started in 2009 as a fun-loving site covering Michigan's Upper Thumb. Since then, he has authored a vast range of content and established a loyal base of 60,000 visitors per month.

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